Health and Lifestyle

Duque cites intensified awareness, testing to curb rise of AIDS cases

Duque cites intensified awareness, testing to curb rise of AIDS cases

July 6, 2018, 5:37 pm

MANILA-- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday reiterated that intensified public awareness and voluntary testing for human immuno virus (HIV) would make a difference in preventing the spread of acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS). "Dapat sila ay magpa-test kasi yun ang… Read More

Group calls for increased CPR awareness, training

Group calls for increased CPR awareness, training

July 5, 2018, 7:39 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) on Thursday called on the government to increase awareness and training on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) as a way to save the lives of persons with heart disease. During the launching of the… Read More

Consult doctor, don't self medicate vs. leptospirosis: DOH

Consult doctor, don't self medicate vs. leptospirosis: DOH

July 4, 2018, 7:25 pm

MANILA-- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has advised the public to immediately consult a physician if they see symptoms of leptospirosis, noting to never attempt to self medicate. “Let us not self medicate because we are talking about a prescription antibiotic here,” said Duque during his… Read More

More than 900 new HIV cases recorded in April

More than 900 new HIV cases recorded in April

July 3, 2018, 8:09 pm

MANILA -- More than 900 newly-diagnosed cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were recorded in the month of April. "There were 924 new HIV anti-body sero-positive individuals reported to the April 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP)," according to a data from the Department of… Read More

DOH calls on village execs to lead CPR training in communities

DOH calls on village execs to lead CPR training in communities

July 2, 2018, 5:49 pm

MANILA --Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday called on local chief executives to take the lead in the conduct of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in communities to increase the survival rate of persons experiencing a heart attack or cardiac arrest. "Ang panawagan ko sa… Read More

Leptospirosis cases rise by 60% in NCR

Leptospirosis cases rise by 60% in NCR

July 2, 2018, 4:04 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday noted a 60 percent spike in leptospirosis cases in the National Capital Region (NCR). In a press briefing held at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that a total of 234 leptospirosis cases were recorded… Read More

NKTI assures it can manage leptospirosis cases

NKTI assures it can manage leptospirosis cases

June 29, 2018, 11:07 pm

MANILA -- The National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City on Friday assured that its facility has an ample supply of medicine in anticipation of a spike in cases of leptospirosis this rainy season."We have 40,000 caps doxycyline in NKTI. We also have a fast lane in the outpatient… Read More

DOH urges village execs to help in clean-up drive

DOH urges village execs to help in clean-up drive

June 28, 2018, 8:16 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official on Thursday called on barangay (village) officials and personnel to join the clean-up drive to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases, such as leptospirosis and dengue fever, especially during the rainy season. Health Undersecretary Enrique… Read More

Contractor seeks arbitration on uncollected claims for BHS project

Contractor seeks arbitration on uncollected claims for BHS project

June 27, 2018, 8:23 pm

MANILA -- The private contractor of the suspended Barangay Health Station (BHS) project of the Department of Health (DOH) has sought the intervention of the Construction Arbitration Industry Commission (CIAC) on the uncollected fees for the multi-billion-peso government project. "We were compelled… Read More

DOH warns public of leptospirosis, with onset of rainy season

DOH warns public of leptospirosis, with onset of rainy season

June 27, 2018, 7:24 pm

MANILA --With the onset of rainy season, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday warned the public about wading through flood, especially those with cuts or abrasions on their skin as they are prone to infections, including leptospirosis. "Pero importante avoid to wade or maglakad sa baha lalo… Read More

3K kids to be tested for hepatitis B

3K kids to be tested for hepatitis B

June 26, 2018, 9:32 pm

MANILA-- To find out the prevalence rate of hepatitis B among Filipino children, the Department of Health (DOH), together with the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has started this month the National Hepatitis B sero-prevalence Survey in 25 provinces… Read More

Piano lessons improve kids' language skills but not cognitive ability

Piano lessons improve kids' language skills but not cognitive ability

June 26, 2018, 11:04 am

WASHINGTON -- Chinese and American scientists suggested piano lessons had a positive effect on kindergartners' ability to distinguish different pitches, which translated into an improvement in discriminating between spoken words.However, the piano lessons did not appear to confer any benefit for… Read More

Door-to-door approach used in NCR measles immunization

Door-to-door approach used in NCR measles immunization

June 25, 2018, 8:49 pm

MANILA -- With the decision to extend supplemental measles immunization in the National Capital Region (NCR), an official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said they recognize the need to use the door-to-door approach. Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, DOH national immunization program manager,… Read More

Malacañang employees donate anew to the elderly

Malacañang employees donate anew to the elderly

June 22, 2018, 10:02 pm

MANILA -- Employees of Malacañang have once more shown their love for the elderly through blood donation for "lolos" and "lolas" during the annual blood-letting activity on Friday. The noteworthy event, spearheaded by the News and Information Bureau (NIB) in partnership with the Department of… Read More

Newly-signed Mental Health Law has best features: advocates

Newly-signed Mental Health Law has best features: advocates

June 22, 2018, 7:59 pm

MANILA--Mental health advocates on Friday said that the final version of the mental health bill that was passed and signed into law this week has the best features and representing the different concerns of the sectors that pushed for the past 17 years. "Due to different provisions, gumanda po ito… Read More

Early intervention supports kids in processing emotions: study

Early intervention supports kids in processing emotions: study

June 22, 2018, 6:24 pm

CHICAGO -- A study from Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates that an interactive therapy involving parents and their depressed children can reduce rates of depression and lower the severity of symptoms. The findings were published in the American Journal of… Read More

Group lauds Palace directives to put warnings on sugary drinks

Group lauds Palace directives to put warnings on sugary drinks

June 21, 2018, 6:41 pm

MANILA--The Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM) on Thursday welcomed the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to place health warnings on the labels of sugar-sweetened beverages. “Front of pack labels with warnings will be helpful to influence consumers to… Read More

Chinese researchers discover key gene can affect woman's fertility

Chinese researchers discover key gene can affect woman's fertility

June 21, 2018, 4:41 pm

NANJING -- Chinese researchers have discovered that a gene called MTOR plays a key role in the ability of women to release healthy eggs from their ovaries. MTOR, which stands for mechanistic target of rapamycin, is recognized by scientists worldwide as an integrator of pathways, which can turn… Read More

Type 2 diabetes after 60 may be a sign of pancreatic cancer

Type 2 diabetes after 60 may be a sign of pancreatic cancer

June 20, 2018, 12:07 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- A study by US researchers says people who develop Type 2 diabetes after 60 are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. The new study by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on… Read More

Over-controlling parenting may undermine kids' emotional ability

Over-controlling parenting may undermine kids' emotional ability

June 19, 2018, 1:06 pm

WASHINGTON -- A study published on Monday by the American Psychological Association's journal Developmental Psychology showed that children need space to learn and grow on their own, without parents hovering over them. The study found that over-controlling parenting or helicopter parenting can… Read More